Exhibits. Members have the chance to display their works in a number of locations in the Twin Cities area. One frequent exhibit space is the Textile Center itself. Past exhibits have included ornaments, and clocks and other time-themed pieces. We have also had pieces displayed in the Textile Center’s display booth at the State Fair. The guild regularly exhibits in many community spaces, such as the North Regional Library in Hennepin County.
Demonstrations for the public. We annually demonstrate working with clay at the State Fair Creative Activities Building. We have also demonstrated at local art fairs, including Powderhorn and St. Kate’s.
We also demonstrate at other locations as time permits and by member interest and availability.
Sales Opportunities. Members participate in art events such as “Art-A-Whirl” and exhibits, such as at the Bloomington Art Center, that provide opportunities not only to show but also to sell their work.
Service work. The guild regularly participates in the Bottles of Hope effort by creating polymer clay covered bottles for cancer patients. We also do Beads of Courage for children undergoing chemotherapy.
Current & Upcoming events:
We currently have pieces on display at Hennepin County’s North Regional Library and update the display periodically with new pieces to coordinate with the library themes.
The Guild has participated in Art-A-Whirls since 2010. They are fabulously fun, very rewarding , have lots of creative energy and provide a really great time for all involved. The demonstrations by guild members attracted a lot of attention from inquisitive visitors.
Minnesota State Fair:
For the past 8 years we have demonstrated polymer clay techniques for one day of the fair in the Creative Activities building. The guild sponsors four awards for polymer clay work, with three prizes in each of the categories. Clay Squared also sponsors additional awards in the same categories. Past exhibits have included our Bottles of Hope on display in the Textile Center cabinet in the Fine Arts Building throughout the Fair.
Textile Center Community Gallery show. April 6-May 15, 2009. Theme: “Reflections in Polymer Clay”. An open house was held during our April 14th meeting.
Banfill Locke show. January 2009. Banfill Locke is an old tavern which is now an Art Center in Fridley. The theme was “Reflections on PURSEnal Time”. See the Gallery for photos of pieces that were on display.
Textile Center of MN: “A Common Thread 2009”, January 16 – February 21, 2009, Annual Textile Center Members’ Show. The guild’s “quilt” of polymer clay tiles was on exhibit and looked fabulous!
Fall Open House “Family Day” at the Textile Center. September 13, 2008 The guild had several members doing demonstrations.